NPR reports that Niloy Chakrabati Neel, a blogger who advocated for a secular society and criticized Islamic extremists, was murdered by members of Ansar-al-Islam, a group US intelligence believes is an affiliate of al-Qaida.
As we reported in February, Bangladeshi-born U.S. citizen Avijit Roy, described as a science writer and blog site moderator, was also hacked to death by a pair of attackers who assaulted him on a Dhaka street. The following month, 26-year-old Rahman was killed. In May, so was Das, 32. All were hacked to death by attackers in crimes in which Islamist groups subsequently claimed responsibility.